I am sure you are familiar with the law,” said the first fellow, flanked by two magistrates.
“No!” she cried.
The magistrates were ex offico witnesses, who could certify the circumstances of the capture. The net was a stout one, and weighted.
“Any free women who couches with another's slave, or readies herself to couch with another's slave, becomes herself a slave, and the slave of the
slave's master. It is a clear law.” Players of Gor, page 7
I recalled the free female whose capture I had noted in Ar, that which had taken place in a street-level room in the Metallan district. Surely she must
have know the law. The consorting of a free female with another man´s slave renders her susceptible to the collar of the slave´s master. The net had
been cunningly arranged, that it might, when released, activated perhaps by springs or the pulling of a lever, fall and drape itself over the couch. It
was clearly a device designed for such a purpose. The net and the room doubtless constituted a capture cubicle, simpler perhaps, but not unlike those
in certain inns, in which a woman, lulled by the bolting on the doors, and feeling herself secure, may complete her toilet at leisure, bathing, combing
her hair, perfuming herself and such, before the trap doors, dropped from beneath her, plunge her into the waiting arms of slavers. Guardsmen and
magistrates, I had noted, had been in immediate attendance. She had had light brown hair and had been excellently curved. Yet I did not doubt but
what her figure, even then of great interest, would be soon improved by diet and exercise, certainly before she would be put up on the block. Players
“I was taken pursuant to the couching laws,” she said.
“I see,” I said. Any free woman who voluntarily couches with another´s salve, or readies herself to do so, becomes the slave of the slave´s master. By
such an act, the couching with, or readying herself to couch with, a slave, as though she might be a girl of the slave´s master, thrown to the slave, she
shows herself as no more than a slave, and in this act, in law, becomes a slave. Who then should own her, this new slave? Why, of course, he to
whom the law consigns her, the master of the slave with whom she has couched, or was preparing to couch. .” Players of Gor, page 303
“Do not concern yourself then with such matters,” she said.
“But so much honor!” he said.
“Do not consider it,” she said.
“But I am only a slave,” he said.
“That is known to me,” she said.
:I have a master!” he said.
“Of course,” she said.
“And mistress does this of her own free will?” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
He was silent.
She gestured to the furs beside her. “I invite you to share my couch,” she said.
“I am lying here before you,” she said, “´slave naked´, as you vulgar men might say. Do you dally, handsome Milo?”
“Mistress invites me to share her couch?” he asked.
“Yes,” she said.
“Mistress is then preparing to couch with me?”
“I am not only preparing to couch with you,” she said. “I am prepared to couch with you.” She then knelt on the couch, and back on her heels.
I glanced to Tolnar, the magistrate. He nodded.
“You may approach me,” she said. She extended her arms, opened to him, as she knelt. “Come, handsome slave,” said she. “Come, couch with me!”
I threw the lever, releasing the net.
It fell over her beautifully.
She screamed in surprise and fear, as its toils dropped about her. She tried to spring to her feet on the couch, clawing at it, but fell. Milo, doubtless
practiced in the matter, expertly brought it together and whipped it about her and, in an instant, on her belly on the couch, she was helpless in its
folds. Almost instantly, too, Marcus entered the front room, followed by Tolnar and Venlisius. I had remained for a moment or two at the observation
portal. Then I, too, followed by Lavinia, entered the room. Although she may have been aware of my movement, that of another man entering the
room, she did not, in her consternation, and in her attention to Marcus and the magistrates, before her, really look upon me, or recognize me. I was
then in back of her, with the bracelets and linked shackles. Milo, his work done, stood now to one side. Players of Gor, page 452
“The law in question is a serious one,” said Tolnar. “It was promulgated by Marlenus, Ubar of Ubars.”
(Later) “You are taken into bondage,” said Tolnar, “under the couching laws of Marlenus of Ar. Any free woman who couches with, or prepares to couch
with, a male slave, becomes herself a slave, and the property of the male slave´s master.” Players of Gor, page 455
|This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
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